I don't mind at all that this episode doesn't match our season. Who said Equestria needs to match our timeline?
Kinda funny how things started out though:
Starlight Glimmer was like: "Bah, it's just about telling the same old story with the windigos again and silly singing and giving presents."
And Twilight is like: "Let me tell you a different story. One you haven't heard yet."
And then tells the Scrooge story.
It's a story where the main character, Snowfall Frost, hates that day of song-singing ... and sings a song about it.
Sad part for me was that what Snowfall Frost imagined a good Equestria to be is not bad, just not the whole picture. In our world, that part tends to be neglected in favor of lots of pretending/makebelief that everything is fine because it seems easier. So the reaction of the other ponies left a bitter aftertaste with me for a moment, since I tend to create connections between what is and what could be. Equestria has their effort part well-covered. So well that they laugh about it. Their effortlessness and celebratory mood is affordable, authentic.
Would be nice if letting go of the past is all that's needed. But even if you think you're done with the past, the past might not be done with you.
This was the popculture version of problem-solving, where the social environment is great and the only problem is within and everybody helps you solve it.
Equestria isn't exactly hardcore. ... Well, except for the occasional explosive magic duel, heh.
The point is that out goal should be to create a world in which the problems portrayed are actually that simple/easy to solve.
Well, Pinkie looked absolutely lovely again. So that was a sweet highlight and the most memorable part of the episode, in part because the pun was hers again.